Finals Photo Epic: Wild Wild West - Snowshoe DH World Cup 2019

Sep 8, 2019
by Nathan Hughes  


Photo Epic presented by Five Ten

Today was quite the shoot-out here in the wild and wonderful 'West of the East'. With the Junior overall titles playing out in a somewhat predictable fashion, the battle for the Elite Women's overall winner went down to the wire and the Elite Men's was nothing short of a barn-burner. Sometimes the season arrives at the last round with a pre-determined winner, other times it can be a relatively casual cruise down through the finish arch to collect the UCI crystal... But not this time. The decider could not have been scripted with any more drama.

It's fair to say the final round of the DH World Cup was met with high expectations, with both a new venue and a new track, both of which delivered with a vengeance deep in the forest of West Virginia. Beautiful sunny skies had dried the track completely over the previous days and by the time racers took to the track looking for glory, conditions could not have been more ideal. Gone was much of the slick mud in the rock gardens and racers were really able to push the limits of both the track and their own comfort zones, the perfect combination for super tight times and nail-biting racing to the end.

The Junior Men and Women took to the track first and it was Vali Holl who once again took the top step of the podium ahead of Anna Newkirk and Mille Johnset. With only one other Junior woman racing and these top three jumping up to Elite next year it really does make us question what the next generation will look like coming in behind them. The Junior Men's race was dealt a blow when newly crowned world champ and top qualifier, Kye A'hern, crashed in training right before the race and was forced out with what looks like a broken wrist. That would open the door for the series leader, Thibaut Daprela, and the host of fresh faces from yesterday's qualifier to challenge for the win. American Matthew Sterling would come close, but would just miss out on the podium by a single second. Third would go to Lucas Cruz just behind Luke Meier-Smith while Daprela would dominate to take the win by 6 seconds and in the process end his junior career with his second consecutive World Cup title.

The women's race kept everyone on the edge of their seats right until the very end. Myriam Nicole would set the pace and looked good for the win until Marine Cabirou took to the track. Up at every split, Marine laid it all on the line to do what she had to to to take the series title. She would set the fastest time with just her rival Tracey Hannah on track. Tracey started fast but would fade split after split, and while she only needed a top 6 to secure the lead, even that was looking to be a struggle. For the last minute of the race, the tension rose in the finish area as no one was certain which of the two would take the overall title. In the end, Marine would take her third WC win in a row, while Tracey would do just enough to take the World Cup title by the slimmest of margins.

Not to be outdone, Amaury Pierron did all he could do in his run and held down the hotseat until the final rider on track. In the meantime, American, Charlie Harrison, laid down the run of his life to land 3rd to the delight of the home crowd. Loic Bruni arrived shortly after, a little off the pace and into a dubious third with one rider to go. The tension was heavy with Amaury in the hotseat, as Loic could not afford to drop another place. With Danny Hart in the gate that was not a comfortable spot to be in. The unbelievable twist to the tale was that if Danny was to win and beat Amaury, Amaury's points would be insufficient to best Loic and the title would go back to the World Champ. When Danny Hart's splits flirted dangerously close to Pierron's it was obvious that the fate of the title lay in the balance and would likely be decided by just fractions of a second.

It wasn't until the final splits that Danny's time moved into the green, and upon crossing the line in first the heart-ache would set in for Pierron, while just a meter away, Loic was overwhelmed with joy. Never in Loic's life would he ever be so happy to see another rider stand at the top of the podium as he was today for Danny Hart. What a race and what a season. Title chases don't get much closer than that.

Bravo Vali, Thibaut, Tracey, and Loic. You've all put on an incredible show and we are already looking forward to 2020.


Another foggy morning would be replaced by a full day of blazing sunshine
Another foggy morning would be replaced by a full day of blazing sunshine.

Beer belt on its way for a reload before the Elite races get underway. Party on America.
Beer belt on its way for a reload before the Elite races get underway. Party on, America.

The future is bright bright white with the rainbow stripes in the form of junior women s superstar in the making Vali H ll. Another win with more than 10 seconds to spare here in the US and today claiming the overall trophy she already had in the bag.
The future is bright; bright white with the rainbow stripes, in the form of Junior Women's superstar in the making, Vali Holl. Another win with more than 10 seconds to spare here in the US and today claiming the overall trophy she already had in the bag.

The junior women s field must have let out a sigh of relief today as Vali moves on up to the elites next year. She has absolutely ravaged the junior field the last two years.
The Junior Women's field must have let out a sigh of relief today as Vali moves on up to the elites next year. She has absolutely ravaged the Junior field the last two years.

Young Canadian Lucas Cruz had his fair share of ups and downs this season but he finished strong with a 3rd place and clinched his spot on the overall podium.
Young Canadian, Lucas Cruz, had his fair share of ups and downs this season, but he finished strong with a 3rd place and clinched his spot on the overall podium.

Mille Johnset powering into third. She d also match her race result with her overall standing as the season comes to a close.
Mille Johnset powering into third. She'd also match her race result with her overall standing as the season comes to a close.

Luke Mier-Smith rode this rocky track smooth enough for second.
Luke Meier-Smith rode this rocky track smooth enough for second.

Anna Newkirk took home second place in her final junior race. She s another exciting prospect for next season as she moves up to the elite category.
Anna Newkirk took home second place in her final junior race. She's another exciting prospect for next season as she moves up to the elite category.

A statement win from Thibaut Daprela. He dismantled the competition by 6 seconds.
A statement win from Thibaut Daprela. He dismantled the competition by 6 seconds.

Daprella Mier-Smith and Cruz reign supreme.
Daprela, Meier-Smith and Cruz reign supreme.

Your top 3 junior women from Snowshoe. 1st Vali Holl 2nd Anna Newkirk 3rd Mille Johnset.
Your top 3 Junior Women from Snowshoe and for the 2019 season overall; 1st Vali Holl, 2nd Anna Newkirk & 3rd Mille Johnset.

Daprela joins Vali Holl next year as they both start their elite careers after action packed junior seasons.
Daprela joins Vali Holl next year as they both start their Elite careers after action-packed Junior seasons.

Your junior men s overall podium. Daprela A Hern and Cruz.
Your Junior Men's overall podium. Same, same, one Aussie different; Daprela, Kye A'Hern, and Cruz.

The U.S. says it does it best and today that the damn truth.
The U.S. always says it does it best and today that was the damn truth.

Clawing back from injury is never easy. Myriam Nicole did it however well enough to earn the UCI stripes last week and finish her season in second.
Clawing back from injury is never easy. Myriam Nicole did it, however, well enough to earn the UCI stripes last week and finish her season in second.

Doing the family business in the absence of her injured brother was Sian A Hern scoring a career best 6th place.
Doing the family business in the absence of her injured brother was Sian A'Hern, scoring a career-best 6th place.

Tahnee Seagrave got out of shape a few times yet still held on for fourth in finals.
Tahnee Seagrave got out of shape a few times yet still held on for fourth in finals.

Emilie Siegenthaler would have loved nothing more than a podium to wrap her season but would have to settle for 7th on the day.
Emilie Siegenthaler would have loved nothing more than a podium to wrap her season but would have to settle for 7th on the day.

the track may have dried out but there was still no room for error
The track may have dried out, but there was still no room for error.

3rd for Vero Widmann
Veronika Widmann seemed to build remarkable fresh confidence over the season and today landed in 3rd place on one of the most committing tracks on the schedule.

3rd on the day and 3rd overall for Vero Widmann
3rd on the day and 3rd overall for an ecstatic Vero Widmann.

Tracey Hannah was a bundle of nerves today and almost threw it away on her final run But in the end she squeaked it out to become a champion
Tracey Hannah was a bundle of nerves today and almost threw it away on her final run, But in the end, she squeaked it out to become a champion

Tracey Hannah closed out her season with 5th place which was more than enough to take home the series overall.
Hannah closed out her season with 5th place, which was more than enough to take home the series overall.

Tracey Hannah surrounded by her team and family had an emotional day the ended with her being crowned World Cup Champion
Tracey Hannah surrounded by her team and family had an emotional day the ended with her being crowned World Cup Champion.

Marine Cabirou inflicted her damage on the opposition in the opening splits eventually taking the win by just under 2 seconds.
Marine Cabirou inflicted her damage on the opposition in the opening splits, eventually taking the win by just under 2 seconds.

Marine Cabirou celebrates her win with the American fans in the finish area
Cabirou celebrates her win with the American fans in the finish area.

Three wins in a row for Marine Cabirou
Three wins in a row for Marine Cabirou.

The final podium of 2019 for the Elite Women.
The final podium of 2019 for the Elite Women; Cabirou, Nicole, Widmann, Seagrave & Hannah.

Elite women s overall podium.
2019 Elite Women's overall podium of Hannah, Cabirou and Widmann, minus the injured Rachel Atherton and Nina Hoffman.

The thick forest here in West Virgina may look peaceful but today it was anything but as racfers battled it out for World Cup titles
The thick forest here in West Virginia may look peaceful, but today it was anything but calm as racers battled it out for World Cup titles.

Gandalf s cousin came by to see what all the fuss is about in this neck of the woods.
Gandalf's cousin came by to see what all the fuss is about in this neck of the woods.

Matt Walker getting right into the spirit in morning practice.
Matt Walker getting right into the spirit in morning practice.

After a 44th place qulaifier no one could be sure how the all-American hero might fair this afternoon. 13th was a fair showing for the Gwizard after a tumultuous season of injury not to mention starting his own team.
After a 44th place qualifier, no one could be sure how the all-American hero might fair this afternoon. 13th was a fair showing for the Gwizard after a tumultuous season of injury not to mention starting his own team.

Gritting it out util the very end Thomas Estaque would finish the day in 8th
Gritting it out until the very end, Thomas Estaque would finish the day in a season-best position of 8th.

Amaury Pierron did all he could do. He just had to sit back and watch how the cards would unfold.
Amaury Pierron did all he could do. He just had to sit back and watch how the cards would unfold.

Amaury Pierron smashed his way onto the hot seat before enduring a nail biting climax to the 209 season.
Pierron smashed his way onto the hot seat before enduring a nail-biting climax to the 2019 season.

Trot Brosnan lunges to the line to end the season in 3rd overall
Troy Brosnan lunges to the line to end the season in 3rd overall.

A great end to an up and down season for Greg Williamson. He looks to be back to his best after his mid season concussion.
A great end to an up and down season for Greg Williamson. He looks to be back to his best after his mid-season concussion.

Minnaar down for the last podium spot. He s been in the mix all season long and today was no different.
Minnaar down for the last podium spot. He's been in the mix all season long and today was no different.

Spot Greg Minnaar versus the barriers.
Spot Greg Minnaar versus the barriers.

Dakotah Norton winning this game of tuck for team America and snagging a top 10 for his aero efforts.
Dakotah Norton winning this game of tuck for team America and snagging a top 10 for his aero efforts.

The fans were out dressed in every piece of the red white and blue they can find.
The fans were out dressed in every piece of the red white and blue they can find.

Charlie Harrison was near the sharp end of proceedings every time the stop watch came out this weekend. He delivered when it mattered most too 3rd place being his best result to date.
Charlie Harrison was near the sharp end of proceedings every time the stopwatch came out this weekend. He delivered when it mattered most too, 3rd place being his best result to date.

Charlie Harrison laying down the watts finishing third as the United States crowd goes absolutely crazy around him.
The talented Californian on the run of his life, laying down the watts, as the United States crowd goes absolutely crazy around him.

What an incredible day for American racing with 5 Americans racing to elite mens top 20 positions on home soil.
What an incredible day for American racing, with 5 Americans racing to Elite Men's top 20 positions on home soil.

What a ride for Charlie Harrison to take 3rd on home soil. Loic Bruni may have won the title and Danny Hart the race but the loudest cheers went to Chuck
Loic Bruni may have won the title and Danny Hart the race, but the loudest cheers went to Chuck.

A man in demand.
A man in demand.

A good deal of magic went down in the WV forest this weekend.
A good deal of magic went down in the WV forest this weekend.

Loic Bruni floating towards the most nail biting spectating of his life.
Loic Bruni floating towards the most nail-biting spectating of his life.

Loic Bruni sending it not the finish area
Bruni sending it down to the finish area in the hope he would best Pierron's blistering run.

Bruni and Pierron battled it out all season long. Somehow the fate of their seasons rested in the hands of Danny Hart who was last to drop. Bruni made a few too many mistakes to put the nail in the coffin himself.
All season long, Bruni and Pierron battled it out. Somehow the fate of their seasons rested in the hands of Danny Hart who was last to drop. Bruni made a few too many mistakes to put the nail in the coffin himself.

Bruni smashing down through the beam after a fast and loose run but was it enough
Bruni smashing down through the beam after a fast and loose run, but was it enough?

The thousand yard stare from Loic Bruni as he studies Hart s split times.
The thousand-yard stare from Loic Bruni as he studies Hart's split times.

Danny Hart wanted this one bad. He s missed the mark a few times this season and had no plans to let this one slip away.
Danny Hart wanted this one bad. He's missed the mark a few times this season and had no plans to let this one slip away.

The top qualifier held it down and quite a phenomenal run it was too trumping Pierron s barn-burner by 0.66.
The top qualifier held it down, and quite a phenomenal run it was too, trumping Pierron's barn-burner by 0.66.

Loic and Amaury held their breath as their fates lay at the hands of Danny Hart as he crossed the line.
Loic and Amaury held their breath as their fates lay in the hands of Danny Hart as he crossed the line.

The moment it was all decided. Danny Hart crosses the line and punts Amaury Pierron out of the hot seat meaning Loic Bruni wins the title. You couldn t make it up.
The moment it was all decided. Danny Hart crosses the line and puts Amaury Pierron out of the hot seat, meaning Loic Bruni wins the title. You couldn't make it up.

Loic taking the double win this season for World Champ and World Cup Champ. A feat not seen in the Elite Men s ranks since Sam Hill in 2007.
Loic taking the double win this season for World Champ and World Cup Champ. A feat not seen in the Elite Men's ranks since Sam Hill in 2007.

The man of the hour Danny Hart was the deciding factor in the Amaury vs Bruni overall duel. Him taking the win sealed it for Bruni but also made him one of two Brits this season to take a win away from the French.
The man of the hour, Danny Hart was the deciding factor in the Amaury vs Bruni overall duel. Hart taking the win sealed it for Bruni but also made him one of two Brits this season to take a win away from the French.

Bernard Kerr and Eddie Masters were first on the scene to celebrate with Danny at the finish line
Bernard Kerr and Eddie Masters were first on the scene to celebrate with Danny at the finish line.

The ally that won the war... Bruni hugs new best friend for life Hart who s victory over Pierron gave him the title.
The ally that won the war... Bruni hugs new best friend for life, Hart, who's victory over Pierron gave him the title.

Bruni dealing with a roller coaster of emotions as Hart crossed the line.
Bruni dealing with a roller coaster of emotions as Hart crossed the line.

It s been some time since we saw a man in a World Champs jersey claim the World Cup overall. Stats enthusiasts please chime in...
It's been some time since we saw a man in a World Champs jersey claim the World Cup overall. Stats enthusiasts please chime in...

Many props to builder Sean Leader for a banger race track for the season finale.
Many props go to course builder, Sean Leader, for a banger race track for the season finale.

U-S-A chants going off every time Chuck s name is mentioned on the mic.
U-S-A chants going off every time Chuck's name is mentioned on the mic.

Hart finally pinning down the big W at the last available opportunity while Pierron is pipped and Harrison becomes home-country hero.
Hart finally pinning down the big 'W' at the last available opportunity, while Pierron is pipped and Harrison becomes the home-country hero.

A quick victory lap for Danny Hart well deserved after a season of coming so repeatedly close to the win.
A quick victory lap for Danny Hart, well deserved after a season of coming so repeatedly close to the win.

Besides top American Harrison man of the match was arguably Greg Williamson - pitting out of the back of his rental car next to the lift he rode to 7th place.
Besides top American, Harrison, the man of the match was arguably Greg Williamson - pitting out of the back of his rental car next to the lift he rode to 7th place.

Your top 5 men in Snowshoe. 1st Danny Hart 2nd Amaury Pierron 3rd Charlie Harrison 4th Loic Bruni 5th Greg Minnaar.
Your top 5 men in Snowshoe. 1st Danny Hart, 2nd Amaury Pierron, 3rd Charlie Harrison, 4th Loic Bruni & 5th Greg Minnaar.

Charlie Harrison managed to deliver when it mattered today do the delight of the home crowd.
Charlie Harrison managed to deliver when it mattered today to the delight of the home crowd.

All hail the undisputed World cup and World Champ
All hail the undisputed World cup and World Champ.

The French kiss.
The French kiss.

Th 2019 overall DH heroes Bruni Pierron Brosnan Hart and Vergier.
2019 overall DH heroes: Bruni, Pierron, Brosnan, Hart and Vergier.

A long awaited first World Cup championship for the four time World Champ. What a season for Loic Bruni
A long-awaited first World Cup championship for the four-time World Champ. What a season for Loic Bruni.

Our old Scotsman Keith Phunkt Valentine is officially retired after 17 long years chasing the circus and gracing the media zones with his wild angles and keen taste for cider. Enjoy the vacations and cigars. We ll all be looking forward to what you point your camera at next.
Our old Scotsman Keith 'Phunkt' Valentine is officially retired after 17 long years chasing the circus and gracing the media zones with his wild angles and keen taste for cider. Enjoy the vacations and cigars. We'll all be looking forward to what you point your camera at next.

Just when Nathan said he was glad it hadn t rained this round
Just when Nathan said how glad he was it had stayed dry for finals day.

Hometown hero near enough Neko Mullaly had a lot of input and endless enthusiasm for this race it was a crushing shame for him to miss out with a broken leg.
Hometown hero (ok, near enough), Neko Mullaly, had a lot of input and endless enthusiasm for this race, it was a damn shame for him to miss out with a broken leg.

Still Neko s unrelenting positivity pulled him through and he was stoked to see this insane race unfold at this East coast venue.
Still, Neko's unrelenting positivity pulled him through and he was stoked to see this insane race unfold at this East coast venue.

America it s been more than fun...
America, it's been more than fun...

Golden rays closing out the season. Farewell from these country roads.
Golden rays closing out the season. Farewell from these country roads.



84 Comments

  • 74 0
 These finals are up there with 2013 Leogang when Stevie Smith was top qualifier and had to beat Gee to win the overall. Hard to say which was more dramatic... Stevie was last man down and had to beat Gee to win and did it, whereas this year it was Hart deciding it for Pierron and Loic... both are epic!! 2019 was such a good season.

2013 Stevie run:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO7xwCFZLUE
  • 16 0
 Was it 2010 when it was incredibly close between Greg Minnaar and Gee Atherton? Whoever won the finals in Windham took the overall. Both Greg and Gee had perfect runs (and it was almost Peaty who took the win until he crashed out). Greg was last man down the hill and it was really close. Gee eventually won (and took the title) but it was another first at a US venue (Windham) and was incredibly exciting.

Of course the plot to this 2019 beats them all. Danny takes second, Amaury wins. Danny took first, so Loic won. So horribly exciting!
  • 4 0
 @vinay: these were all classics! It’s not as much fun when the title is decided before the last round, or if one of the contenders crashes or whatever.

As for this round specifically, it was an excellent track and great racing. Hopefully it doesn’t disappear any time soon. Having two American rounds next year on consecutive weekends would be sweet. Windham to make a return perhaps? For the teams to do MSA, Snowshoe and Windham across a two and a half week North American trip would surely be achievable in terms of finances. It would add a lot of value to the series for not a lot of extra outlay.
Nine rounds next year?
  • 2 0
 @jaame: would be awesome! there's something special about the beast coast!

Killington
Platekill
Bromont
Whiteface
Sugarbush
Stowe
Windrock (although I kinda like how they just do the season opener)
I know I forgot others
much places that could host
  • 6 0
 There has never been a season ender where #1 and #2's fait was in the hands of an other racer.
  • 3 0
 just watched that run, and it looked so fast, did the 26" wheels make the runs look faster - the bikes certainly looked more nimble!
  • 57 0
 The shot of Loic, Pierron and minaar is so good.

Loic: “wtf did I win?”
Pierron: “fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu”
Greg: “I’m thirsty bru!”
  • 31 0
 Also

Laurie Greenland: "woooah Danny Hart won! God save the Queen".
  • 1 0
 Minaar is the goat for so many reasons
  • 32 0
 Northstar and Snowshoe delivering in spades for our favorite race circuits. Can we please get at least one of each every year, UCI?
  • 3 1
 This!!!!!
  • 6 0
 I don't think it's up to UCI. Venues have have to go for it. So glad it was a swell race tho, be good to see it at Snowshoe again.
  • 27 1
 Chuck's chest armor not doing him any favors in that pic with the bouquet of flowers.
  • 5 0
 I see pancake nips
  • 2 0
 Highly inappropriate body armor, don't post that shit to Insta!
  • 19 0
 Where's Clay Porter at? This season would have made an awesome feature length movie.
  • 2 0
 I was thinking this today - ill have to wait for Hurly Burly
  • 7 0
 bring back earthed series
  • 2 0
 Plus a thousand on this comment!
  • 16 0
 ive watched all world cups broadcast since about 2008, and I cant think of a race that was as excellent as this - others were equally close in terms of the overall, but never the last rider down deciding the fates of two others, and in such a close fashion. And Hart beating that run of Pierrons is incredible - I think he went 9s faster than his qualifying run. He must have put it all out there. Im still pumped. And massive congrats to Tracey too - managed to hold down the nerves for half a season and win the overall - well deserved and now you can relax!
  • 10 0
 Up there with the best of them finals wise. Minnaar vs Vouillouz 2001 MSA, Rennie Vs Gracia 2003 Kaprun, 2010 Gee v Minnaar Windham, 2013 Gee vs Stevie Leogang. Amazing memories and outstanding rides. Amazing that Minnaar still on the box , 18 years since his first win. Danny’s ride near other-worldly through the rocks. So calm and composed.

Snowshoe awesome as ever.

The plot twists for next year have massive potential. Can’t wait.
  • 2 0
 2002 les gets, Peaty vs Vouillouz. That was a to the wire race with not much in it I think..... But that's a pretty spellbinding list
  • 10 0
 Danny Hart deserve that win at 120% IMO!! Bring back Champeryyyy!!!!
  • 9 0
 USA representing so well in results and venue; such a good track!! . Props to Sean Leader and crew. Heal up Neko!!
  • 3 0
 There should be more races in the USA. What a great track, amazing crowd and great end of the season. Never liked Windham that much, but I am sure there are other venues in the States with a proper DHtrack. MSA used to be my favorite track of the year. But now I am in love with Snowshoe. Has it all
  • 4 0
 What a race that was...
Where's the Photo of the guy with the green t-shirt, screaming every rider through the pedal section mid track?
  • 7 0
 Best race of the year!
  • 6 1
 So are us bottom feeders going to be allowed to ride the entire course now?
  • 2 0
 yes
  • 6 1
 Danny to receive the Legion of Honour. Whistler shmitzler, go vacation in France.
  • 2 1
 I would give anything to be in Whistler again riding a quiet gondola awkwardly making a September weather conversation again with Danny, but he'll have to ride that gondola with someone else this year....
  • 5 0
 Thankyou Tracey and congratulations
  • 5 0
 Soooooooooooooo who's off where?
  • 4 0
 Never thought that one day I'll shout "Stay on your bike, Danny!" - Great race!
  • 1 0
 What an amazing year of racing! The Elite mens has been super exciting to watch! The Elite Womens has seen so many riders step up to the next level - its going to be interesting seeing Rach, Tahnee and pompom back. Cant wait for next year already!
  • 1 0
 I'm a big Hart fan, but as he was about to drop in I really didn't want his result to mess with the overall unless he won the race - just didn't seem right somehow. I can't tell you how loud I shouted at the TV when he was in the green over the line, holy shit!
  • 3 0
 Cool to see the shoutout to Neko. The dude has done a lot for east coast racing and extolling the benefits rocky slop has on rider training and skill. Keep it up Neko!
  • 1 0
 That was the best weekend ever, completely blown away on how amazing it is to be at a world cup in person especially somewhere I ride a few times a year. All the racers were even cooler than I expected, chugged a beer with ed masters in the pits, bought Laurie Greenland a rum and coke because they wouldnt accept his foreign ID to bar hopping with all the racers Saturday and sticking tooth picks in peoples foreheads with Greg Minnaar it was just insane. Hope Snowshoe gets another one soon!
  • 3 0
 I have wished so badly, that I was at a WC race. Definitely one for the history books
  • 4 0
 Jeeze, can I breathe now?!
  • 1 0
 Awesomeness all around! Stoked seeing all the young ones in the crowds, hopefully catching that DH fever. Great photo's too, though the chance of being there was even more epic, def looking forward to the next one....
  • 2 1
 Whew, best race in years. I'm conflicted. One one hand its awesome to have a race state side, and would be great to have more, but the get a UCI race you have to sell your soul to the devil.
  • 4 0
 congratulations Tracey!!!!!
  • 2 0
 This crazy season couldn't have ended on a more exciting note!! Absolutely stellar day of racing!!! Can't wait for next season.
  • 3 0
 Both Elite Men and Elite Women will also probably be a close fight next year.
  • 4 0
 Chuck's chest pads are quite sexy...
  • 4 0
 Nippleage is quite evident - I am shocked!
  • 4 0
 One might say the pads are quite titillating.

I’ll show myself out.
  • 3 0
 Put the World back in World Cup and more races out of Europe. Venues seems to really step up. Good for everyone.
  • 1 0
 I was confused and about to make an aggravated comment about the Wild West title on the East Coast, then I realized it's in ... whaddya know, WEST Virginia. Makes more sense now lol.
  • 3 0
 Props for the best winner podium on circuit!
  • 3 0
 Did anyone notice the variety of different bikes at the podiums this year?
  • 2 0
 F**k I love the World Cup dh series.. that men’s final was epic. Gutted it’s over for another year
  • 3 0
 Danny Hart: THE DECIDER-IN-CHIEF
  • 3 0
 tbh i still can't really believe what went down.
  • 2 0
 I've only just fully understood how close we were to a different outcome. Amaury was champion til Danny's 4th split? Is that right?
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: Amaury did everything he could by getting into first and Loic then did what he needed to secure. Amaury needed Danny to slot in between them both and that’s what it looked like was happening so yeah, the title got handed to Loic right at the end. Bonkers.
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: DH has never been so similar to snooker. And yet I've never been more discombobulated by a season finale. I'm starting to think any more than 8 races would be too much for my poor heart.
  • 3 0
 These pictures. Utterly. Amazing. What a race, what a season!
  • 1 0
 Thanks Fellas and Ladies for a beaut of a year! May all you heal quickly and enjoy the downtime.. So good to watch all the great riding and characters!!!!
  • 3 1
 Bruni looks like a zombie. I guess he’s happy to take a break.
  • 3 0
 Being here in person, most of the guys look really tired. It’s been a long two weeks on the road for everyone at the end of the season.
  • 5 0
 Maybe they partied with the locals too much thr night before. They can be persuasive
  • 1 0
 @bizutch: village bad ????
  • 6 0
 @BigballmcCall: I thought the same. Some of them have Hardline next weekend too. When you think of the travel required and what they’re doing it’s amazing they are able to keep going.
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 Best season in years, now I am so sad I will have to start watching the footy.
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 does anyone have a video of Danny Hart´s line on the rock garden in finals?
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 so almost all Maxxis riders chose the DHR as their front tire?! strange.
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 Not so strange, fairly standard set up for many teams & riders. Yes I realise ‘R’ denotes rear but it just seems to work so well on the front too.
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 Probably due to more braking grip on the rock garden
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 The DHR II has been used as a front tire with regularity on the circuit for over 3 years. The Assegai is also popular since last year. Great tires
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 The DHR is a minion side knob with a high roller style centre. The braking traction is much better than a DHF but you retain a similar cornering feel. The grippier centre section makes the DHR more of an all-round tyre. The DHF suffers from locking up too easily in the wet.
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 @FCX250: nailed it. Plus it rained a bit overnight for the first few days so it could have been for any damp patches elsewhere.
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 What a season. EPIC.
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 Oh boy, 2020 is gonna be so exciting!!
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 Unbelievable great photographs!!
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 Anyone catch the Shot Ski action?
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 Yeah I'm shocked Gee didn't make World Champs. 31st yesterday, no top tens this year. Seemed like a lock for it.
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 Wow, that is a niche trolling obsession you've got going there. Did he turn down your advances once?
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 @BenPea: noticed that, too, maybe he was the guy getting overtaken by Gee at the Foxhunt (where he nearly jumps over the guys)
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 @likehell: or maybe I'm just rational
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 Crazy outcome.
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 I'm getting a lot of SHABOING for the widmann chick
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 Huh, what's with the ripped flag in the second to last pic?

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